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The Titan on the Tracks Mother and Child in the BayThe Boy in the Shroud The Blonde in the Game
The Truth in the Lye The Girl In Suite 2103 The Girl with the Curl The Woman in the Sand
Aliens in a Spaceship The Headless Witch in the Woods Judas on a Pole The Man in theCell
The Girl in the Gator The Man in the Mansion The Bodies in the Book The Bonless Bride in the River
The Priest in the Churchyard The Killerin the Concrete Spaceman in a Crater The Glowing Bones in the Old Stone House
Stargazer In a Puddle With Commemtary by actors David Boranez, Emily Deschanel and director Caleb Deschanel With Commemtary by Executive Producer Steven Nathan« less
"FOX Television has struck gold with the series, BONES. The series stars BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER and ANGEL heartthrob David Boreanaz as FBI Agent Seely Booth and relative newcomer Emily Deschanel as Temperance Brennan.
The series is based on books written by real-life forensic anthropologist Kathy Reichs. Reichs is also a real-life NEW YORK TIMES best-selling author. Viewers of the television show will quickly discover that the "Temperance Brennan" of the books is much different than the character in the television show. The literary Temperance is a divorced mother with a problematic family.
In the television show, Temperance is an orphan that was raised in foster care and has trouble relating to others on an interpersonal level. She also happens to be an author and writes about a forensic anthropologist named Kathy Reichs.
The two series, in some ways, are vastly different. But people who enjoy the show will probably enjoy the books. And people enjoy the books, once they get over the fact that their favorite heroine isn't presented the way she is in the novels, will have a blast with the television show.
BONES, derived from Seely Booth's pet name for Temperance and from the fact that a forensic anthropologist usually only has skeletons to work with, is a fascinating interplay of almost-romance, outstanding characters, and nifty little puzzles dealing with murder and mayhem. The chemistry between the two stars is palpable and believable. I haven't seen Boreanaz anything that I haven't liked him in. Deschanel was new to me, although I had seen her in a supporting role in GLORY ROAD that was much different than the Temperance role.
The almost-romance shtick has gotten potentially old after playing in MOONLIGHTING and LOIS AND CLARK, as well as many others. In fact, long-time mystery viewers will remember a show called REMINGTON STEELE that starred Pierce Brosnan and Stephanie Zimbalist. After those two characters hooked up, viewer interest seemed to wane. Series developer Hart Hanson has to know he's walking a thin line but by choosing to go this route. However, it plays beautifully at present.
The second season continues much of the same tone that was set in the first season. Booth has warmed up to Brennan and her crew, although he still continues to refer to them as the Squint Squad when referring to them among his peers at the FBI. Booth and Brennan also continue to look for her father and to find out what happened to her mother after Brennan's parents disappeared when she was just a teenager.
While Booth's romance with Brennan continues to fizzle this season, maybe even more difficult by the addition of Doctor Camille Saroyan (Tamara Taylor), Angela (Michaela Conlin) and Jack's (T. J. Thyne) romance buds, blossoms, and almost bears fruit. As it turns out, Saroyan is a pathologist (which is a conflict in field of study to a degree to an anthropologist), is Brennan's new boss, and is one Booth's ex-lovers.
Tensions mount between Booth and Brennan as each tries to figure out where the other fits into the work and personal scenes. However, thankfully, the idea of romance is merely hinted at and flirted with rather than moved into a starring role. This is a great choice for the series at the moment, but I don't know how much longer they can successfully pull this off.
In addition to interesting leads, Booth and Brennan are backed by fantastic supporting characters who often step into the limelight of an episode. Zack and Hodges continue to bring slapstick scientific moments to the episodes. Although I really didn't think they could top running the semi-frozen pig corpse through the wood chipper last season, they blew the roof off my expectations with the season opener when they simulated a burning death of a victim using Spam lunch meat. I can always count on those two for a laugh, either through Zack's deadpan delivery or Hodges's conspiracy theories.
Angela is the heart and soul of the investigatory unit. She reminds the team and the viewer that the victims in each episode were real people. Plus, she's gotta be one of the hottest babes on television today. I will never forget how she grabbed the attention of the airline clerk in the first season opener.
Only 21 of Season Two's 22-episode run are included on this box set. One of the episodes, "Player Under Pressure," was pulled out of the lineup during the regular season. The plot line was uncomfortably close to the Virginia Tech shootings. It will be aired this year in Season Three.
There were a lot of outstanding episodes this year, and it was good to see them again in this box set. I was happy to see that this set contains six single-sided discs instead of three double-sided discs like in the last set. On double-sided discs, it gets too complicated tried to figure out which side is up. Plus, I like the cosmetic appeal of having pictures of the actors and actresses on the top of the disc. This also helps make the discs immediately recognizable.
The special features include voiceovers on select episodes, two featurettes, and a gag reel that shows viewers how much fun this series must be to work on. Although the special features are still "bare bones" compared to what viewers want, it does add up to more reasons to pick up the box set.
BONES is one of the best hours of television currently on. If you haven't discovered the series for yourself and you're looking for something to fill the gap left by the cancellation of VERONICA MARS, this series may well be what you're looking for. "
"Bones Season 2" better than ever!
G. E. Williams | California | 07/06/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I loved this season of Bones even more than season one, as more of the cast are developing to fuller characters, with new subplots to keep things tied together, and more really cool forensics.
Dr Brennan (Emily Deschanel) continues to struggle with her desire to feel normal emotional connection, while her intellect keeps her from exactly getting there, and while the chemical tension with her partner simmers under the surface. Thrown into the mix are new moral dilemmas due to her developing knowledge of her birth family, and shades of gray start to infiltrate her world of black and white. Can one be a moral (justified) killer? Etc. Forgiveness and love are examined in rather unique ways
Bones is very good TV, that I can enjoy with both my wife and my teens. So if you have already watched season one, get season two (but really, watch one first for the character development that is quite good) and have a marathon fun weekend! "
If you liked season one...
J. Flaherty | New England | 06/22/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Hey squints! If you liked the first season of Bones, you almost have to buy this one. You know, if you've watched, that this show just gets better and better. The humor gets better, the relationships more interesting. To me its kind of like CSI meets Moonlighting (remember that show, or am I really old?). What I mean is there is everything you could hope for here, humor, romance, action, pretty, pretty people. Anyway, buy it, you won't regret it!"
Bones is a great mystery/criminal show!
Holly | Buffalo, NY USA | 07/15/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Bones has inspried me to start a career in forensics. Bones is very thought-provoking, and also very informative. This may be a heavier show, but it's quite funny, and the characters are believeable. The characters are amusing in their own scienific way! Temperance Brennan ("Bones") who is the anthropologist, is very analyitcal and very well balanced out by laid back Steeley Booth. This series can suprise you in more ways than one! This season was better than last, and I look forward to the start of season 3! Congratulations on another show well done, FOX!"
"Talk to me, squints. As close to English as possible.",
H. Bala | Carson - hey, we have an IKEA store! - CA USA | 09/19/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"O Happy Day! As presented in widescreen, here's Season 2 of Bones. The great news is that there's no slack off at all from season one's most excellent run. Involving forensic conundrums and grim visions of death once again winningly meld with great drama, humor, pathos, and tenuous romance. Emily Deschanel as forensic anthropologst Dr. Temperance "Bones" Brennan and David Boreanaz as FBI Special Agent Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz) continue to dazzle as television's most electric investigative duo.
Whereas Booth is the intuitive people person, Brennan is still mostly socially in the dark. She remains dispassionate and driven in her pursuit of her personal Holy Grail, the truth. As always, her ability for drawing accurate observations from ruined human remains proves invaluable in solving FBI cases. As ever, the perceptive Booth and her free spirited best friend Angela are her main conduits to understanding the, to her, bewildering labyrinth of emotions and social decorum. Deschanel is great at allowing the audience to glimpse the wounds just beneath Bones' supremely confident exterior. She and Boreanaz are magical, and their chemical synergy remains the overwhelming draw of this series.
There's a barrage of big technical jargon used on each episode, but that doesn't keep me from being sofa-ed in rapt attention. This show is so clever that my attitude more or less echoes Booth's: "Keep talking. I'll catch up." The mysteries are compelling enough, but when thrown in with the engrossing human elements, it makes me want to tune in to the show that much more. The squints, while intimidatingly brainy and toiling away on a wavelength drastically foreign from that of average folks, are nevertheless engaging and very sympathetic characters. The supporting cast is remarkably good and quirky, bolstered by this season's newcomer Tamara Taylor and by occasional guest stints by Ryan O'Neal, Stephen Fry, and the wonderful Patricia Belcher (as no-nonsense attorney Caroline Julian). It must be noted that T.J. Thyne (Hodgins) and Michaela Conlin (Angela) share an endearing chemistry.
Season 2 introduces a couple of curve balls, beginning with the arrival of Dr. Camille Saroyan (Taylor) as Brennan's new boss at the Jeffersonian Institute, with whom Bones instantly clashes. Then mix in some office romances (except the one we're hankering for). Offer up a serial killer or two. And, thru all the cases she works on, Bones still fixates on her mother's unsolved murder and her father's disappearance. On this, some light will be shed.
My favorite episodes are "The Truth in the Lye" (Tub of goo!! So cool tub of goo!! To quote Bones: "Even for me, this is disgusting."), "The Woman in the Sand" (Booth goes ultimate fighting and, Omigawd, Bones in a sexy black cocktail dress!), "Aliens in a Spaceship" (Hodgins and Brennan are entombed in a car and must come up with makeshift ways to surviva as air runs out; raw-emotioned acting by Thyne and Deschanel), the nerve-wracking "The Blonde in the Game" and its equally harrowing follow-up "The Man in the Cell" features the return of clever serial killer Howard Epps from last season's "A Man on Death Row") and the season-ender "Stargazer in the Puddle" (Bones learns more about her mother).
Special Features include optional episode commentaries on "The Glowing Bones in the Old Stone House" (with Emily Deschanel) and on "Stargazer in a Puddle." Boreanaz doesn't commentate this time; perhaps, his effort last season was deemed too loopy. Disc 6 offers "The Memories in the Season" featurette; "Visceral Effects: The Digital Illusions of Bones" featurette; 8 minutes of deleted scenes with optional commentary by the Executive Producers; and the gag reel.
By the way, the episode commentary on "The Glowing Bones in the Old Stone House" reveals that an unaired 22nd episode will debut in the third season. Does that mean there'll be 23 episodes in season 3? One hopes (but doubts)."